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Ben Tankard

He's been called "the Quincy Jones of Gospel," and besides being one of the best-selling instrumentalists in Christian music, keyboard player Ben Tankard has justified his tag, producing many stellar gospel projects as well as serving as an executive vice-president at Tribute Records, for which he has recorded extensively. Born in Florida to a minister father and a missionary mother, he began playing drums in church at the age of three. He later graduated to tuba and was offered several music scholarships to college, though he eventually accepted a basketball scholarship instead.

Tankard endured a rough period of depression and homelessness when a knee injury prevented him from turning professional (though he was drafted by the NBA). A visit to a revival service put him on the right track, an almost overnight, he became a very talented keyboard/organ player. Tankard began his witness in song with 1990's Keynote Speaker, recorded for Tribute Records. He continued recording and soon moved into production and arranging as well, calling on his reserves of early musical training to provide impeccable jobs for Yolanda Adams, the Alabama State Mass Choir and Michael Bruce. His albums were often light jazz works, offering soothing, reflective gospel instrumentals that were similar to mainstream efforts from George Benson and Kenny G. By 2002, he had released enough albums to put together a "best of" collection, highlighted by a cover of Stevie Wonder's "You Will Know" featuring Take 6. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Your music takes my mind to another world. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Never stop the love.
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cohara291
Yes its Shirley Murdock
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I've been a Tank fan since the late '90s. Just trying to figure out the vocalist in this track
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Love the show!
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ephesian5271 1 @ g m a i l . c o m
I've been listening to Pandora Music, and ever since I heard Ben Tankard, no matter waht song comes on that he's doing I mark "I Like It". God bless
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LOVE THIS SONG NO MATTER WHO SINGS IT BECAUSE I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER JESUS AMEN AMEN lowery247
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After meeting this Brother, He is as Awesome!! as his music..
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Great dinner music
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Alfoti1940

JESUS is life and GOD is MASTER of everything! Without THEM in our lives, we are all lost!!
GOD BLESS you Ben, keep on keeping on!!
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Love it...Yes Lord
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Good vibes and laid back cut blessed man of god
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Hallelujah!! ! Jesus is love....
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dpayne187
No words...gone bruh
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Mr. Ben Tankard thank you for this wonderful music I love gospel and jazz music what a great combination God bless you. I'm happy to see a father and his kids moving forward we need to see more of our black positive fathers embracing their kids, they are out there thank you
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kandekurl
Just learned about your music..watch i n g your reality show...your music..all I can say is My My My....
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rprior001
Love the spiritual vibe!!! May you also have continued success on you showThicker than water!!!

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smashinlashe s
Ben Tankard is such a humble Man of God and Family Man. May God Continue to bless you Pastor Ben and your lovely wife Pastor Jewel
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smashinlashe s
correction humble and funny Man of God
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smashinlashe s
Ben Tankard is such a humble funny Man of God and Family Man. May God Continue to bless you Pastor Ben and your lovely wife Pastor Jewel
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BT love your music
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Blessed the man of god with this tune and talent
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BT has developed a silky smooth sound...cont i n u e d blessings!
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The music being played, leaves you wanting more, to feed your heart's aching desire to be fulfilled
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Sweet
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Amen!
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THE ONLY ONE THAT LOVES METHANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND MERCY AMEN.
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Very tasteful, ,Christian can jazz it up too!
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I love jazz but gospel jazz....WOW this guy is AWESOME!!!
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Absolutely delightful, smooth soothing music for soul, a joy to listen to, God bless
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All good gospel is in my heart love good music
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HE IS A INSPIRATION FOR ALL KEYBOARD PLAYERS
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Ben is so awesome!!!
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God Bless you in your Ministry the more!
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Super sweet.
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I love love love Ben Tankard , and everything he does.
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Ben is a blessing to music
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Soothing, comforting and so serene/peace f u l .
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Praise God Ben your tanker has Ben spirit filled at birth
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Thanks Mr. Ben for allowing me to know that God is awesome God...
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Some of the best Gospel music in the world!!
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I love his music
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On the favorite song, "Keynote Speaker" the best bar none!!!!
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The most heartfelt gospel& jazz I've
Ever heard in my life! I know good
Music.
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I thought the same thing.
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Sounds like Shirley Murdock.... Somebody please confirm... Thanks!
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he is so anointed.
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OMG...I LOVE his style of playing. Thanks for sharing
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You can't help but STOP and check this side out. All I can say is MY, My Goodness. This is tough. Thank you for sharing BT
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chocolatebea u t y . m c
OMG!!!!!! I have been a fan of Mr. Tankard's since as far back as I can remember!!!! ! ! ! ! I LOVE ALL of your music but my absolute favorite song of his is SUNDAY DRIVE!!!!!! That song just ministers to me in such a way thats just indescribeab l e . I had the rare opportunity of seeing Him in concert back in 2004 in Tulsa,OK. All I can say is... it was AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much Man of God for using your gifts to the honor and glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God bless you and your famil
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HOW TOUCHING MAKES YOU STOP ,LOOK AND LISTEN what a wonderful GOD HE is
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